“Of course you love the attention," remarked another from across the table. And I knew I wasn’t the first “young” woman he’d flirted with that day! Then, when his guardian, I’m guessing about 20 years younger than the 90+ vet he was responsible for, started taking his charge out for a visit to the men’s room, he leaned over to me and asked in a stage whisper, “So, tell me: What did General Douglas MacArthur say to his troops?”
“I’ll be back?” I asked, sheepishly.
I guess the veterans must have thought I was one of the organizers, since they were so effusive with me in their appreciation. One man took my hand in both of his, looked me in the eyes— and I could see his tears (which of course inspired my own), and said, “This day was so beautiful. I’ve never had a day like this. Even when I came back from the army, I never felt like this. Thank you so very much for all you did.” I just held his hand, smiled, and then hugged him a thank you, for all he did. Though the words were different with each passerby, the gratefulness, and smiles remained a constant.
|Singing, "Off We go..." with Bill and our Beautiful Flight Attendant|
(with HVHF Founder the Wonderful, Frank Kimler, the Man Behind the Curtain!)
|With Steve...the One Who Introduced Us to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight!|
|With Lovely Ian|
|With Fellow HV Honor Flight Friends: Veteran Bruce Gavril and Daughter Liz Gavril|
|With Our Beloved Steve Scholem and His Sister, Sharon Scholem|
|With Steve, and our Charming and Helpful Guide, Technical Sargent Jason|
|Dad and His Angels: Marianne Mutoli-Schmidt and Jennifer D'Elia-DeFrancesco|
|Dad Teaching An HVHF Guardian |
Nora's (His Great Granddaughter's!)